Friday, January 19, 2018

Deb Riddell: Valentine's Day Inspired Art Journal Spread

Hello, it's Deb Riddell here with you today to share a Valentine's Day inspired art journal spread created with lots of wonderful stencils from StencilGirl Products. A huge thank you to Mary Beth and Mary for the opportunity to share my work with you today! Hope you will enjoy seeing it!
I started out with a double page spread from my deconstructed art journal (deconstructed because I can't make seem to make pages without dimensional elements!) that I'd gessoed and sprayed with Distress Stain Spray in Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo. The Heart Swirl stencil was inked in the upper right corner with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink;
and the large open heart from the Valentine Of Mine stencil was inked with Worn Lipstick Distress ink in the bottom left corner, spritzing both stenciled hearts with some water to activate the inks.
The flowers and script from the Valentine Of Mine stencil was then added to the upper left corner with
Americana Melon acrylic paint;
and the boxed hearts from the Valentine Of Mine stencil were added to the bottom right hand corner with Mixed Media medium, foiling the hearts with Old Gold Transfer Foil after the medium had dried tacky and dusting the areas that hadn't taken the foil completely with Forever Red Perfect Pearls powder.

More script stenciling was added vertically with the small Rembrandt's Words stencil and the Melon acrylic paint;
and then the stenciled heart in the bottom left corner was overstamped with a filigree heart stamp from my stash (Tattered Angels Screen Prints Timeless Romance) and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink.

That lovely script from the Vintage Script stencil was stenciled across both pages with
Folk Art Wicker White gloss paint;
and spritzes of White Color Shine and Biscotti Perfect Pearls mists were sprayed across the spread.
More stamping followed (the key from the Tattered Angels stamp set and the 'love is all you need' sentiment from a Fiskars Love stamp set);
and the edges of both pages were inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and some
Nuvo Embellishments Mousse in Indian Gold.

And finally, some embellishments were added - a Tim Holtz Fragment Finding with a vintage image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy, some die cut hearts (Sizzix Movers & Shapers dies) cut from Mixed Media Foam Sheets covered with Opal Deco Foil and PeelnStick Toner Sheet covered with Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil;
one of the open hearts from the Valentine Of Mine stencil was embossed with clear embossing powder and Stampendous Frantage Gold Lux Mix sprinkled on while the embossing powder was still hot and finally some wee iridescent hearts were scattered here and there (it's heart confetti from the $1 store!).

Here are a couple of close ups of each page, the foiled hearts were stacked one atop the other
for a bit of a 'shadow' line behind the Opal Deco Foil hearts.
Think this is my favorite area of the journal page,
love the foiled stenciled hearts with that lovely script stenciling over top!
Hope you've enjoyed seeing how my Valentine art journal page came together and a big thank you again to StencilGirl Talk for asking me to join you here; I had so much fun playing with their wonderful stencils!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!
Deb xo
Deb Riddell of Paxton Valley Folk Art lives in British Columbia, Canada on a small acreage with her hubby and their beloved rescue dog. She started her creative journey as a watercolor and decorative painter but since discovering mixed media and paper crafts she's been hooked and is having great fun exploring these art forms. Deb has been published in several crafting publications and is currently on the design team for Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, Southern Ridge Trading Company and Therm O Web and is a Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey challenge blog. You can find her at the following links:


  1. Love all of the layers and the softness of the colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What a fabulous spread from Deb - the stencils look glorious in the luscious layers.
    Alison x

  3. Very sweet spread! Love all the detail and softness of the page!


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